The move to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is confusing — and still problematic for some.
Also: Watch out for a limited roll-back window with Win10 1607, and XP users lose support for a popular cloud-storage service.
Microsoft’s plan for the roll out of Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Win10 AU) is puzzling. As noted in last week’s column, the distribution of the update, first begun on Aug. 2, seems to be going surprisingly slowly. It’s been nearly two weeks, and the new version still hasn’t shown up in Windows Update on any of my Win10 systems — physical or virtual.
Microsoft stated that it would release the update in phases, starting with newer PCs. But that’s not the case with a new system I just set up.
In an example of no good deed goes unpunished, I upgraded my spouse’s older desktop Win7 system to Win10 just before the end of the free offer. The upgrade succeeded, but the graphics driver had reverted to generic Microsoft. Because there were no new drivers for the onboard graphics, I bought an inexpensive graphics card and installed it. Everything looked like it was working just fine, but then the system suddenly died — not even a POST.
To save time and effort, we bought a new HP notebook. The initial setup process involved configuring Windows 10, loading data from the old hard drive, and reinstalling applications.
That was a reminder that it’s really important to keep track of the license keys for your paid apps — or pay for a utility such as KeyFinder (currently around U.S. $30) to find installed keys for you. If you’re missing a key, I suggest running the KeyFinder demo version first. It’ll list what it finds but not give you the actual key. You can then decide whether it’s worth paying for.